Science and Engineering Foundation Programme (Mathematical Sciences)

Entry Year: 2019

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BSc (Hons)
4 years
September 2019
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Science and Engineering Foundation Programme (Mathematical Sciences)


Combine a foundation year with a traditional university degree in mathematical sciences.

Get the skills and experience you need to study an undergraduate degree in mathematical sciences with our integrated foundation programme, open to UK/EU and international students. You are guaranteed a place on one of the following programmes at Queen Mary if you pass the foundation year, without having to re-apply through UCAS:

As a foundation student you’ll have full access to all student facilities, including welfare, library, social and sport. UK and EU foundation students are eligible for funding through the Student Loans Company. You’ll be taught on our Mile End campus by experienced university staff who also teach on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

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Year 1

Foundation year

Below is the course structure for your foundation year. The structure and modules of the rest of your degree depend on which programme you progress onto.


  • Discrete Maths
  • Essential Foundation Mathematics
  • Mathematics I
  • Mathematics II
  • Physics – Fields and Waves

Choose from

  • Communication in Science and Technology
  • English Language I

Choose from

  • Introduction to Business Information Systems
  • Introduction to Engineering

*You are allocated these modules automatically depending on your previous mathematics qualification.

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Years 2 - 4

Modules are dependant on your chosen degree programme. You can choose from:

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

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I love the flexibility my course offers; I have the freedom to specialise in things that I’m interested in. The mathematics department is also very supportive and helpful, as is the careers service.


Teaching and learning

We use a mixture of teaching styles – lectures, tutorials, classroom activities and laboratory work.

A typical weekly workload is six to eight lectures and four to five hours of practical laboratories or workshops.

Outside of classes, you’ll need to spend 20 to 25 hours per week preparing, writing and reading.


Each module is assessed by written examinations (typically 70% of the final mark) and coursework (practical reports, essays, problem sheets, online exercises and tests). 

Resources and facilities

The School of Mathematical Sciences is investing £18m to create an inspiring, collaborative space for our community of students and staff, due for completion in April 2019. The building will include high-quality teaching rooms, private and group study areas and a new social hub.

Entry requirements

The entry requirements for this programme are currently being finalised and will be published shortly. If you need further information please contact the Admissions Team at or +44(0) 207 882 5511.

Non-UK students

We accept a wide range of European and international qualifications in addition to A-levels, the International Baccalaureate and BTEC qualifications. Please visit International Admissions for full details.

English language

Find out more about our English language entry requirements, including the types of test we accept and the scores needed for entry to the programme.

You may also be able to meet the English language requirement for your programme by joining a summer pre-sessional programme before starting your degree.

Further information

See our general undergraduate entry requirements.


Loans and grants

UK students accepted onto this course are eligible to apply for tuition fee and maintenance loans from Student Finance England or other government bodies.

Scholarships and bursaries

Queen Mary offers a generous package of scholarships and bursaries, which currently benefits around 50 per cent of our undergraduates.

Scholarships are available for home, EU and international students. Specific funding is also available for students from the local area. International students may be eligible for a fee reduction. We offer means-tested funding, as well as subject-specific funding for many degrees.

Find out what scholarships and bursaries are available to you.

Support from Queen Mary

We offer specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Take a look at our Student Advice Guides which cover ways to finance your degree, including:

  • additional sources of funding
  • planning your budget and cutting costs
  • part-time and vacation work
  • money for lone parents.


Progression onto mathematics programmes

You are guaranteed a place on a mathematics programme at Queen Mary if you pass the foundation year; you can also use your foundation qualification to study at other UK or overseas universities. Progression requirements vary depending on the course.


As a mathematics student, you will develop strong numerical, analytical and problem-solving skills, which will set you apart from other graduates.

Many graduates apply their degree knowledge in the finance, accountingancy or actuarial professions. Others translate their skills into careers such as management consultingancy, marketing, engineering, teaching and the public sector.

Recent mathematics graduates have been hired by:

  • Cancer Research
  • Deloitte
  • Direct Line
  • Grant Thornton
  • HMRC
  • Santander.

Career support

The School of Mathematical Sciences provides networking opportunities and runs events to help you identify your career options. You can also gain certification in applications such as Microsoft Excel and SAS.

We have a dedicated careers consultant and an internships coordinator who can help you to develop your employability.

The Queen Mary careers team can also offer:

  • specialist advice on choosing a career path
  • support with finding work experience, internships and graduate jobs
  • feedback on CVs, cover letters and application forms
  • interview coaching.

Learn more about career support and development at Queen Mary.

About the School

With over 60 academic staff passionate about mathematics, the School of Mathematical Sciences is an exciting place to be for those who share our love of mathematical discovery. We foster a thriving research culture and a supportive learning environment that puts the needs of our students first.

Our aim is to make your studies enjoyable, challenging and rewarding, and to provide you with every opportunity to build the knowledge and experience you need for future success.

Our active Mathematics Society organises social events, residential trips, talks and career events. We are also engaged in the wider community and regularly run interactive activities to encourage more students to take mathematics at A-level and degree level.

The School holds a department-level Athena SWAN Bronze award, which recognises and celebrates good employment practice for women working in mathematics and science education and research.

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